What is a brake system flush?

A brake system flush will remove all of your old, ineffective brake fluid and replace it with new fluid.
Brake fluid is part of your vehicle’s braking system. When you step on the brake pedal, your vehicle’s brake fluid will push your brake pads against the car’s rotors, which will slow and eventually stop your car.
Brake fluid takes on air, moisture, and other contaminants as time goes on. Dirty brake fluid reduces the effectiveness of your brakes, which can make your vehicle much more dangerous to operate.

When do I need to flush my brake system?

Many manufacturers have a recommended fluid replacement timeline. Following your vehicle’s maintenance schedule can keep your fluid clean and your vehicle safe. While the exact recommendation may vary, it’s usually suggested that the brake fluid be replaced every 24,000 miles or 36 months.
Certain performance issues can also indicate it’s time for a brake system flush. If the brake pedal feels spongy or there has been a decrease in the brake system’s performance, you’re likely due for new brake fluid.

How to flush a brake system

Flushing a brake system is a simple process:
  • The tires will be removed.
  • A tube will be placed into the brake fluid reservoir. The old fluid will be removed by opening the brake valve. There are many methods to remove the brake fluid, including bleeding the brakes.
  • New fluid will be added to the fluid reservoir.
  • This will be repeated for each brake.
  • The wheels will be reattached.
  • The car will be tested.
After that, your brakes should be good as new!

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